D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

Sunday, January 25, 2009 11:17 AM


I came across this feature in Windows 7…its small, but kewl nonetheless.

If you go to your Network, you’ll see that your router is listed along with other computers and devices on your network. If you right click, you’re given the option to open the device webpage.

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This is awesome if you want a quick way to get to your router’s admin page without having to click through your network connections or run ipconfig to get your gateway IP.

Now, I realize that you could also just create a shortcut in your browser or on your desktop to access this, but if its something that you don’t really use all that often this is a great little feature that prevents another icon cluttering up your desktop or having to store (and remember that you stored it) in your browser.

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# re: Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

Umm... That feature exists in Vista, and has been there since Vista launched. It's nothing new... 1/27/2009 6:51 AM | thorkia

# re: Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

Interesting...I've been running Server 2K8 for my workstation and they didn't port the feature over to it (even though its supposedly the same base).

I never noticed it in Vista...mind you, I'm sure many people didn't notice many of the Vista features since they either stuck with XP or moved to 2K8 ;)

D 1/27/2009 8:22 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

# re: Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

I noticed it wasn't in 2k8. I guess they just assumed that if you are installing 2k8, you know what you are doing when it comes to the network, or you have people whos job it is to handle the network. 1/27/2009 10:21 AM | thorkia

# re: Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

Well, they also weren't anticipating that so many would try it as a desktop OS either, which was why so many of the Vista features weren't part of 2K8 (I never did turn Aero on even though it was an option, and didn't even bother with gadgets).

It's funny though, there's still a lot of small features in Vista that people aren't even aware. I was talking to a friend the other night when I was checking if Vista had the "Add password" feature for zip files. I asked him to go to the File menu and he didn't realize you could do alt-F to bring it up...figured Vista just didn't have it.

Hopefully Win7 captures the need to make features easily discoverable and they don't try and dumb it down for the "common user" like they tried with Vista. That's what made XP so much more popular: people from all experience levels could use it easily.

D 1/27/2009 10:27 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

# re: Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

I noticed that feature too. Thought it was interesting until I clicked the "View device webpage" and it didn't go to https:. I have my router setup to use only https; so, I just get an error. 2/16/2009 1:01 PM | Peter Ritchie

# re: Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

Nice, I just found this feature on my Windows 7 and tested it. I think this will save me some time. 5/23/2011 4:16 PM | Lisa Sonnenbrillen

# re: Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

Me and my friend live in a house with open router access. We've been having a contest to see who can do what to each others computer (we took off our passwords, we're not elite computer hackers, although we're competent). So far we haven't managed much. We have each others IPs, MAC addresses and basically everything you could want.Now the question is, what can I do with it?
12/26/2011 3:35 AM | Next day printing

# re: Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

installed Windows 7 in my macbook pro using bootcamp.How do I get the keyboard backlight when running window? Other features like adjusting screen brightness and system volume can not be done with keyboard anymore when running windows 7.Is there any way to get these feature back? 1/4/2012 5:06 AM | drug abuse rehab

# re: Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

I would like to login to the router forwarding from Public port 130.
How could I 6/27/2013 3:42 AM | Mohammad Ibrahim Gazi

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